Between 2005 and 2017 there was a surge in remote work setups. An almost 175% increase as per a FlexJobs report.
The freedom and flexibility one gets from working remotely has made this one of the most sought-after perks when signing onto a new job. While some companies are still dragging their workers back to the office, citing several reasons, many others have learned their lessons during Covid and decided to become remote-first companies. A win-win situation for all.
This begs the question, of how to prepare for the work-life revolution and what the remote work guideline one needs in hand to be able to effectively work remotely.
While Gaper.io as a big Toptal alternative has run its podcast series for over two years now, here we have evaluated those guidelines as a list for ease and accessibility.
Work from home guidelines for employees
While there are several ways to go about the situation, here we have managed to make a concise list that ensures you can easily dive into making the best out of your remote experience and create the perfect work-life balance.
1.Find your rhythm
This is about finding the right time that works for you to work during the day. You have 24 hrs in a day. Make it work for you. You are no longer confined to office hours. But here is the catch. Find your rhythm and stick to it. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, no matter which hour of the day you are most productive, work then to do your most important work/tasks. It is possible that you would have to cover a few hours with coworkers, whether in your timezone or distributed, however, managing a few hours here and there should be done with ease.
Those who are unable to find their timelines are the ones who turn out to be least productive sadly. Do not do this to yourself. This would only make you feel like you are working non-stop. You have to put an end to your work day and demarcate time, and space in order to do that, so it should not spill into your personal life.
The perfect work-life balance is only achieved when you are able to switch off and relax.
Whether it is making use of the extra hour or two you save from commuting and utilizing it to start a hobby or overall better quality of life – or it is the costs saved due to commuting and other additional expenses that you can now spend on yourself.
Splurge and do not feel guilty about it. You should be able to spend your money as you please, and treat your cost savings as a supplementary income. You can even invest it for future returns and be able to retire faster. No matter what you decide to do, find yourself with the income you now have, and do not feel guilty about it. You have earned it and you very well deserve it!
3.Find your space
True to the heading, you need to find the right space to work out of. Any area that is not suitable for working should be avoided. It does not have to be much. An area away from distractions and clutter can make you super productive as you find the right headspace to work as well. It is very important but often overlooked as an extravagance, but a proper office setup is prudent if you want to be able to prepare for the work-life revolution
4.Find your opportunity
Whether it is learning new skills or taking courses to help bump your career, sign up and take advantage of the opportunity that is now available to you. Remote work has freed up time, money, and for that matter even energy to be able to invest in creating newer opportunities for yourself. Grow and learn and become the best version of yourself.
5.Find your stability
In order to make sure that you do not fall into isolation, it is imperative to create a stable line of communication with your colleagues and peers. Video conferencing, and online tools used to create team-building activities, there are a host of things that managers have been able to do in the thick of the pandemic. Such actions should not be left to the wayside as they worked in keeping company morale high and encouraged camaraderie among employees.
The list above also helps with keeping you mentally fit and healthy. It circumvents fatigue and burnout as you need to find your discipline and stick to it. Only when you implement such a guideline would you be able to create your sense of purpose at work.
So in the end all that you have to do is to dress up and sit down with your favorite cup of joe and enjoy your work out from anywhere in the world!